So I just realized it’s National Wildlife Refuge Week - I know there’s a week or a day for just about everything nowadays, but these places are particular close to my heart as some of my favorite places to go observe wildlife and to just escape the hustle and bustle of every day life. They embody some of the remaining “wilderness” left in the country, and are a testament to the importance of preserving land in order to conserve wildlife while letting people enjoy them at the same time.
There are well over 500 wildlife refuges in the US that have been set aside to conserve America’s wildlife and plants, but throughout the week I’m going to highlight a few of the refuges I visit quite frequently and just don’t get sick of. •
It just so happens that I visited a series of refuges in N.C. this past weekend, and featured here is one of them: Mattamuskeet NWR. The large lake, of which most of the refuge consists, is the largest natural lake in NC at 18 miles long, but only averages about 3 ft. deep. I’ve visited this place for the last few years, and had a few great wildlife sightings, but it’s the landscape that makes this spot a spectacle, with the south’s quintessential bald cypress trees dotted throughout the shallow lake. This past weekend, the refuge treated me to one of the prettiest sunrises I’ve ever seen, right outside my tent door.
One of our jetting teams and T40 attending a London Hospital to carry out a descale, clean and to empty the pump station of any solids and liquids. #ConsiderateContractor#PumpStation#Descale
Members of our Board of Directors visited Psyche Bend Pump Station last week, which was built in 1891 by the Chaffey brothers.
Five years earlier George Chaffey had selected Mildura as the site for an irrigation development because of its large tracts of Crown land, climate, soil types and proximity to two major rivers, the Murray and Darling.💧
Alt-Moabit 70: Das "Pumpwerk Tiergarten", eine zwischen Gericke-Haus und altem Abwasserpumpwerk gelegene neue Pumpstation, die 1987 von Oswald Mathias Ungers und Stefan Schroth entworfen und für die Berliner Wasser-Betriebe errichtet worden ist. Der originelle Bau mit Klinkerverblendung, Satteldach und vier hohen rechteckigen Schornsteinen übernimmt die Funktionen des alten Pumpwerks VIII, das die Stadt Berlin 1889-90 an der Einmündung der Gotzkowskystraße erbaut hatte.
Something different for us this week, live sewer pump station coverslab refurb. Works included: ripping up premature cracking concrete (work by others), hoisting live electrical switchboard up during re-pour and re-pour the coverslab. Very happy with our result including client feedback, well done boys 👏🏻✅👷🏿♂️ #completelandscapegroup#concretersofinsta#pumpstation
Part of my work as a doula is to provide my clients with resources and referrals. But what do you do if you don’t have a doula or don’t want to ask? You yelp? Maybe google? Ask a friend?
Most new parents in LA end up finding The Pump Station cause it’s been around forever and let’s be honest, there aren’t a lot of businesses specifically serving new parents. I myself ended up there both times I had a newborn. But here’s the thing.....
Once you’re in there looking for someone to help they are quick to sell you a product.
Breastfeeding trouble? You need this pillow!
Baby won’t take a bottle? You need this $25 bottle!
Baby won’t sleep? Oh it’s because you need this swaddle!
Yesterday I saw 2 new moms and both had dropped cash on bags of stuff. They were looking for help but instead came out feeling foolish for not having all the stuff that’s gonna fix everything.
How great would it be if we could just buy quick fixes for parenting?! Products are not what new parents are seeking but they sure are vulnerable at this time, right?
If you’re a new parent, please know you’re enough. Your newborn is being a newborn. Put the stuff down and pick your baby up. If anyone tells you otherwise....run.